Libraries are facing changes of a magnitude never seen before. The ZBW wants to take an active part in these changes. Therefore the ZBW increasingly carries out application-oriented research which aims to develop internet-based working environments to support excellence in economic research.
At present, the ZBW pursues the following themes:
Here, the focus is on the management of research data as envisioned in the idea of the “European Open Science Cloud” developed by the European Commission and in the national federated infrastructure for research data recommended by the German Council for Scientific Information Infrastructures (RFF).
Web Science analyses the interaction between internet technologies and society. In this field of research we look at the impact of web-based communication on the work routines of researchers as well as at the development and effectiveness of new publishing, research and collaboration processes.
Research in the area of Digital Economics examines the use of digital technologies for the processes of knowledge creation about economic topics. These processes include exchanges within the economics community as well as information and communication about economic topics in a wider public.
The application of artificial intelligence methods plays an important role in certain areas at the ZBW. To continuously access and structure information according to certain requirements, to analyse information in its context, and to make it searchable with intelligent tools, the ZBW takes up the latest findings, methods, and tools of artificial intelligence, tests their practical viability, and either implements them in own applications or uses them for further development.
The future is globally distributed and linked-up knowledge, not the institutional data silo. Technical, legal and also social impediments often stand in the way of this future. The ZBW aims to remove them.
Research Data Management
Here, we present new, innovative applications and services developed at the ZBW that are not yet ready for regular operation.
The ZBW is committed to the rules and procedures set down in the Guidelines for Good Scientific Practice in the Leibniz Association.